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Manchester City belatedly begin pre-season tour in Shanghai ahead of Asia Trophy clash with West Ham  Manchester City held an open training session on Tuesday in Shanghai They arrived two days later than schedule due to an administrative issue City face West Ham in their first Asia Trophy match on Wednesday in Nanjing Pep Guardiola has revealed new signing Rodri will feature against the Hammers The Spaniard also praised Fabian Delph after he completed a move to Everton 

By Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport

Published: 16:52 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 16:52 BST, 16 July 2019

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Manchester City held an open training session in Shanghai on Tuesday just hours after finally landing in China for the start of their pre-season tour.

The Premier League champions arrived two days later than scheduled after an administrative issue involving travel agent Thomas Cook Sport led to their flight from Manchester being delayed twice.

City are in China to take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy alongside West Ham, Wolves and Newcastle, and they open with a game against the London side in Nanjing on Wednesday.

(L-R) Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling warm up during Man City training

(L-R) Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling warm up during Man City training

Players did continue to train during their delay but the shortened acclimatisation process began with a training session at the Yuanshen Stadium attended by hundreds of the club's Chinese fans.

It has not been ideal preparation but manager Pep Guardiola wanted to play down the issues.

'We couldn't fly for reasons that were out of our control, so instead of training here we trained in Manchester,' Guardiola said. 'Nothing changed too much.

Pep Guardiola leads the first training session of the day after City land in Shanghai

Pep Guardiola leads the first training session of the day after City land in Shanghai

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